Okay beautiful people, if you don’t already have coconut oil in your home, go out and get some. Like, really. I don’t even care if you abandon this post right now and go running to your nearest health food store, just get some. But if you want to hear why I personally buy litres of this stuff at a time, and how you can use it in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom…read on!
Coconut products are all over the place now. Coconut flour, coconut water, coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut aminos, coconut everything. Unlike other nutrition fads, I think this craze is totally okay and warranted, actually. In previous decades coconut oil was shunned, despite its healthful benefits. Now the truth is out and it’s here to stay. Wheee!
Yes, coconut oil is primarily saturated fat – and no, it won’t kill you.
Saturated fats are the safest to cook with. I don’t recommend cooking in a pan with anything else, period. What do I mean by ‘safe’? I mean heat stable. Able to withstand heat and maintain its chemical structure.
Vegetable or seed oils (sunflower, safflower, etc) become oxidized when heated, producing free radicals. In fact, by the time they’ve reached supermarket shelves they’re likely already oxidized due to the insane amount of processing involved in production. They also contain high amounts of omega 6, leading to an omega imbalance and consequently, inflammation. My advice: just stay away from these guys. Stick to coconut oil or animal fats for cooking, and consume your supplemental oils (fish, hemp, flax, etc) from a small, well sealed, dark coloured, refridgerated bottle, to avoid oxidation.
Why you should be eating coconut oil
Besides the fact that it’s heat stable and therefore safe to cook with, coconut oil also has some mighty fine properties you should know about.
It’s antimicrobial, meaning it helps fight bacteria, viruses, fungi. This is the caprylic acid doing its thing.
It’ll help keep your immune system strong, thanks to the lauric acid (a component of breastmilk).
It’s amazing for energy, metabolism, and weight control. It’s mostly medium chain fats, which are burned for energy immediately instead of being stored like longer chain fats. Adding healthy fats to your foods helps keep you satiated longer, which not only keeps your waistline in check but allows your body to become less dependent on simple sugars for energy.
Your skin will love it
Smother it on yourself after a shower; it makes an awesome body moisturizer. You can use it as a hair and scalp treatment. You can also use coconut oil in DIY bodycare products – in particular, I use it in my homemade deodorant.
Good for sexy time
Silky n smooth, that’s right. Oooooh baby. Not only is coconut oil an amazing massage oil, you can also use it as a natural lubricant (yes, really!). Avoid smothering your lady parts with toxic chemicals – that’s just not sexy. The skin of the vaginal wall is highly permeable, so be careful what you use down there. Also, what better place to put a product that can help fight bacteria and yeast? I thought so too.
Questions? Wondering how to work with coconut oil or what to look for when buying it? Ask away! In the meantime, if you don’t already have some coconut oil in your cupboard, what the heck are you waiting for?
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